Vanilla Pear Shrub

Shrubs are fermented drink concentrates traditionally made with berries, sugar and fruit vinegars. This version uses ginger and apple cider vinegar – two powerful digestive aids – along with fall flavors of pear, honey and vanilla. Serve it hot or cold, and it also makes an excellent cocktail.
Vanilla Pear Shrub recipe

For a clean cocktail, combine juice of 1/2 lime and bourbon, as desired, in a shaker. In a glass, combine 2 tbsp shrub with a clean ginger soda, as desired, and ice. Mix in shaker ingredients.

  • Prep Time
  • 1 cup shrubServings


  • 1 cup diced pear (peel on)
  • 1/2 cup filtered water
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1 tsp scrubbed and grated ginger (peel on)
  • 1/2 tsp ground vanilla powder (or 1/2 tsp seeds scraped from whole beans)
  • 1/2 cup raw apple cider vinegar


  • 1 8-oz glass jar or bottle with lid


1. To a glass bowl, add pear, filtered water, honey, ginger and vanilla; stir to combine. Cover bowl with a clean towel; secure with a rubber band. Let ferment at room temperature away from direct sunlight for 2 days, stirring every 12 hours. 

2. Arrange a fine-mesh sieve or several layers of cheesecloth over an 8-oz glass jar or bottle. Strain pear mixture through sieve into glass jar, pressing on solids; discard solids. 

3. Add vinegar to pear liquid, stir, then seal tightly. Refrigerate for up to 10 days. 

4. To serve chilled, add 2 to 3 tbsp shrub concentrate to 1 cup sparkling water. To serve warm, add 2 to 3 tbsp shrub concentrate to 1 cup hot water.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: 2 tbsp
  • Calories: 45
  • Carbohydrate Content: 12 g
  • Sodium Content: 1 mg
  • Sugar Content: 10 g